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Building an addition to your home in Toronto and the GTA – Costs, process, and approach

The most common mantra and number one rule of real estate is “location, location, location” and for good reason. While most attribute the famous mantra to the financial value of their property there are many other important contributing factors that attract one to purchase a home in a specific location. These factors include school district, [...]

Stand-Alone Garage Revitalization

If you take a drive around the City of Toronto you will noticed that many homes built over the last 100 years or so include a stand-alone garage unit located at the side or the back of the property.  If you take a closer look at these stand-alone structures you will notice that most have [...]

Heated Driveways Toronto: Advanced Radiant Systems

This year we received a record number of inquires from people wanting heated driveways. It is very clear that many fellow Canadians hate shovelling snow as much as I do and dislike dealing with third party snow removal contractors.  Shovelling means early morning in the cold, an extremely labour intensive process, and many just don’t [...]

The Quest for Space and the Open Concept

Many homes in and around the Greater Toronto Area predate the boom in open concept floor plans that gained popular in the 1980’s. Many of these homes were designed with compartmentalization in mind and aimed to add privacy for the occupants and assist with environmental control as HVAC systems where not what they are today. [...]

Back Water Preventer Valve in the City of Toronto/GTA

July 8th, 2013 is a day that many Torontonians and people living in the GTA will not soon forget. A torrential downpour of 100 millimetres of rain according to Environment Canada trounced the previous one-day rainfall record leaving many with out power, crippled commuters, and for many homeowners left their basements a flooded soggy mess. [...]

Tips for a Healthy Lawn

Tips For A Healthy Lawn Aerate:This means removing plugs of dirt from the lawn so that air, water and nutrients can reach the roots. Over seed: Keep your lawn thick and healthy by regularly adding grass seed in the early spring and late fall. Mow smarter: Reduce the growth of weeds by cutting your grass [...]

Your home’s air quality

Over the winter months we can safely say that the over whelming major of people keep their windows closed to keep out the bitter cold air that we experience in southern Ontario.  This pursuit to keep ourselves warm can come at a severe detriment to health if the proper steps are not taken to identify [...]

Summer ’12 Update

After a great start to the construction season we have finally found a chance to update everyone on our recent progress and some plans we have for the future. Steadily growing, We at Grand Building and Contracting have been vigorously working on many projects this season ranging in size and difficulty. From decks and fences [...]